The Discovery Gateway is housing an 8-foot-tall, 20-foot-long inflatable replica of a human colon. The exhibit is free to the public from noon to 9 p.m. through Friday.

This walk-through colon exhibit allows viewers to examine healthy tissue, tissue with nonmalignant colorectal disease and tissue with various stages of colorectal cancer.

"Walking through the exhibit was really interesting," said Kalynn Filion of the Utah Department of Health Cancer Program. "It reminded me of the importance of early detection."

The American Cancer Society estimates that by the end of this year, 750 Utahns will be diagnosed with colon cancer and 240 will die from it. As the second leading cause of death for men and women in America, colon cancer is a disease worth investigating.

The exhibit is intended to inform the public of the importance of colon cancer detection, prevention and care.